Drill Bits and other tools.

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  1. LostViking

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    This is just a brain fart I had in the middle of the night last night. I don't seem to sleep much anymore.

    As I was laying there thinking. I pondered the success of using some of my wood auger and spade drill bits that have hex head shafts with a ratchet.

    I'm in search of a quality brace and bit system. But this might fill a void. Especially in greener wood.

    I'll be testing this as the summer rolls on. Right now, it's just a theory.
    Our recent power outage serving as both stick and carrot to drive me further towards grid independence.
     
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  2. NevadaBlue

    NevadaBlue Graybeard Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    My brace and most of my bits are quite old, like me. I would recommend haunting ebay to find a good old brace. Bits can be difficult to sharpen, so watch carefully for used ones of those. I prefer the spiral bits over the newer ‘spade’ type with the screw on the end. Those do work, but my choice is the spiral ones.
     
  3. jerome

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    I have thought about trying a hex socket handle with a bit and bow drill and socket
     
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    When I get home tomorrow I'll look for the brace I picked up a few years ago at a flee market. If you have practically anything to trade I'm sure we can make a deal.
     
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    How about a set of safety wire pliers modified to take a 1/4” hex shank?
     
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    I hate to be like this young fellar, but being retired and close to the end of the month, if you'll pay 1/2 shipping I'll send you a brace. It's decent, but obviously not new. joe
     
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    That would be very effective. The bow drill and hand drill aren't just for friction fire! In a pinch without power or more advanced tools bow drilling/hand drilling is a great option.
     
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    CJ,

    If you're willing to send it. I'll cover all the shipping. That still seems less than fair.
     
  9. LostViking

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    I'm sure I have something you may want. Shoot me a photo when you have a moment. No hurry.

    Thanks for posting up.
    LV,
     
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  10. gohammergo

    gohammergo I like sharp things.... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    You know, just like knives and cooking gear, old tools are habit forming as well. :)
     
  11. 66drifter

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    the ole standard EGG BEATER has been a staple in my kit

    have one that comes apart w/ 2 screws resulting in 1-the handled wheel, 2-the shaft w/ handle on one end and chuck on the other end & 3-the side handle

    those parts are easiy/quickly rendered for packing a/o use and are located in a manner that they don't occupy a lot of extra space

    the shaft handle has a screw top lid which holds a few twist drill bits

    when larger holes are necessary/anticipated the good ole BRACE N BIT are your option

    though paddle bits will pack easier/in less space they are designed to be used at speeds faster than the BRACE can generate

    the old fashioned AUGER BITS are the order of the day IMHO
     
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    One thing I can say that is good about the newer spade bits is that they pack flat!!

    I bought a set of 5 Irwin spade bits from Lowes (about $10) and a flat tap wrench/vise, which together gives me the ability to (slowly) drill neat holes for making camp furniture etc. They are not long bits (about 4in overall), but give me plenty of versatility for my meagre needs, after all I am not going to be raising a barn!! I realize these flat bits are meant to be used at higher speed, but they are useable when turned by hand and better than nothing!

    These components pack pretty flat and are relatively light compared to carrying a set of long cylindrical augers and a brace to turn them. Useful to throw in a pack if you are likely to need to bore holes, maybe only taking one bit if you have a specific plan in mind e.g. a small bit for tapping birch or a large one for making a camp stool.

    Just an idea.

    OJ
     
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    If your really ernest bout doing things the hard way, you might just consider carving your self a brace . I just gave one away a while back all wood except the bit attachment. Some old world innovation might make for a conversation piece .
     
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    I'm not sure I'm at that level yet
     
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    After you get the brace, then look for a breast drill for heavy duty drilling.
     
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